Moonsighting for Rajab 1434
1434 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon is on May 10, 2013 (Friday) at 00:28 UT. On May 10, it can be seen with difficulty in USA, Central America, and North-western areas of South America. On that day, it can be easily seen in Hawaii, and some Polynesian Islands. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, it can be seen all over the world with ease. (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The report of earliest sighting came quite late that the new crescent was seen on May 10, 2013 from California, USA, altthough the earliest reported sighting mentioned here was from Perth Australia on May 11, 2013.


Friday, 10 May 2013:

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bulak Benda Beach, West Java reported: The Hilal was NOT SEEN today (May 10, 2013) Friday due to heavy rainclouds obstructing clear view. Although positive sighting is not expected (and we shall attempt sighting again tomorrow for the 30th of Jumada Akhir). We still need to report obstruction to proper sighting.

  • Malays1a:

    1. Government Decision: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru, Malaysia reported: Our goverment decided that 1st day of Rajab was May 11, 2013.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen: Nissar Ahmad (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: On Friday 10th May 2013, the new moon was not visible in Mauritius. Sky was clear. Members of Jummah Masjid Hilal Commitee were positioned in strategic places of the Island. Hence Saturday 11th May 2013 will be the 30th day of Jamad Ul Akhir 1434 and Sunday 12th May 2013 will be the 1st day of Rajab 1434. Lailat-ul-Mairaj 27th night of Rajab will be celebrated on Thursday 6 June 2013.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: Tonight, Friday, I did not see the crescent in Ta'if, Saudi Arabia. It was clear tonight.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Friday 10 May 2013 (29 Jumada Al-Ukhra 1434 AH) many people from the UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Rajab after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, as most places were cloudy.
      We have not received any reliable sighting report (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from any locations east of the UK/Morocco either. The Morocco Awqaf Ministry have also confirmed a negative sighting report.
      Therefore, the Wifaq/Batley Ulama have decided that the month of Jumada Al-Ukhra 1434 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Rajab 1434 AH will start from Sunday 12 May 2013, Insha-Allah.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Houston, TX reported: On May 10, 2013, my six-year-old daughter and I tried to look for the moon in Houston, Texas, USA between 9:05pm and 9:20pm from the following approximate coordinates: 29 deg 43 min 32 sec N Latitude, and 95 deg 39 min 42 sec W Longitude. Sunset time was 8:05pm and moonset time was 8:53pm. The sky was completely overcast however and we were unable to see the new crescent moon.

    2. Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Fremont CA reported: On May 10, 2013 after praying Maghrib at home, I walked outside and searched for the new moon. The sky was clear. However there are a line of clouds just above the horizon in the direction where the moon is expected to be seen. After spending about 10 minutes searching, all I could see is the return of Venus as the brilliant evening star just above the horizon. There was no moon.

    3. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported: The moon for Rajab was not seen in Anaheim, Ca (May 10, 2013), even though there was about 55 min window after sunset local time. The lower horizon was very hazy. I scanned the horizon until 8:05 PM PST.

    4. Not Seen: Abdur Rahmaan Ali (MCW member) from San Bernardino CA reported: Hilal has not been sighted tonight, Friday, May 10 in San Bernardino, CA

    5. Seen: Dr. Youssef Ismail (MCW member) from San Francisco CA reported through Zaytuna Institute, California: Zaytuna Institute Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Friday evening (May 10th) by reliable moon-sighters in California. This marks the end of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani and the beginning of the sacred month of Rajab, with its first day occuring on Saturday, May 11th.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported: On Friday, May 10, 2013, Moon not sighted in Zimbabwe. Therefore, 1st rajab will start on Sunday 12th May Insha-Allah.

Saturday, 11 May 2013:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen in Perth, Australia: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: We were unable to sight crescent in Melbourne on 11/5/2013 Saturday evening as it was cloudy. However It was sighted in Perth . Thus the first day of Rajab in Australia will be on Sunday 12th May 2013 InshaaAllah.

    2. Seen in other areas: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: On Saturday, 11th May 2013, the Hilal of RAJAB 1434 has been sighted in Alice Spring, Darwin and Perth. Therefore, the Hilal Committee and Majlisul Ulama' of Australia have declared that the month of RAJAB will commence as of Sunday, 12th May 2013.

    3. Seen: Mouhamad Chmait (MCW member), Young, NSW reported: I would like to report that we sighted the moon in Young NSW on the 11th of May at approx. 5.45pm with the naked eye. Once sighted we continued to watch it until just before it set at approx 6.05pm. The condition of the sky was clear and the moon horns were 5 o'clock to 10 o'clock. One other brother was with me at the time.

  • India:

    1. Seen: Shahid Ali Farooqui (MCW member) from Amravati, India reported: Today 11th May 2013 at 19-07Hrs.(Indian st. time)the moon of Rajjab 1434 Hijri, was sighted at Amravati, Maharashtra, India. The horns of crescent were like 5 to 8 O'Clock on clock dial.

    2. Seen: M. Siddik Nadvi (MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Saturday May 11, 2013 = 29 Jumada-al-Sani. 1434, we tried to see the crescent of Rajab 1434 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 7.05 pm. The cresent was seen and Official announcement by Gujrat Chand Commitee is that the crecent is seen and 12th May is 1st Rajab 1434.

    3. Seen: Abdussubhan Dadan (MCW Member) from Mumbai reported: Today 11 May 2013 = 29 Jamadil Thani 1434 Hijri, After Namaze Magrib, I sighted the moon with my colloguesat at 7:25 pm. Moon was sighted all the across the city by many other people. Hilal Committee of Mumbai Jama Masjid has declared that there will be 1st of Rajab 1434 Hijri on Sunday the 12 May 2013. WASSALAM.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Mohamad Zafir Nadzri (MCW member) from Kuala Lumpur reported: Malaysia's Unprofessional Group of Crescent Sighting sent two group today 11 May 2013, one to Sungai Lang (3 49'N, 100 48'E) (Syed Fadlie, Khairul Samad, Syed Syafiq, Zaimy) another one to Alor Star (67'N 10022'E) (Ahmad Zanif, Ashraf), and at Kuala Lumpur HQ by myself.
      Crescent first seen with naked eye around 19:45 for 5 minues at Sungai Lang. Altitude was about 7 degree and the skies were a bit cloudy.
      Alor Star's Team have a negative sighting because the sky too cloudy.
      At our HQ, hilal was sighted with a clear view and naked eyes.
      Malaysia's Government already stated in calendar 1st Rejab is 12 May 2013.

    2. Seen by others: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru, Malaysia reported: On Saturday, 11 May 2013 equal to 29 th Jumada-al-Thani 1434 H, it was very cloudy. So, I with my friend (Mr. Muhammad Nasir bin Othman, Mr. Muhammad Afiq Nuruddin bin Hamzah, and Mr. Mohd Razib bin Mohd Aris) cannot see the new moon either with telescope or with naked eye at Masjid Abu Bakar, Johor Bahru.
      However, the Hilal have been seen at other places ;
      Durian Tunggal, Melaka (02 15' N , 102 15' E) by Mr. Nor Mohd Uzair bin Norsahperi and friends, at 7.48 pm.
      UTHM, Batu Pahat, Johor (01 50' N , 102 56' E) by Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani, at 7.40 pm until 8.04 pm.
      Kempas, Johor Bahru, Johor (0128' 00" N , 10346' 00" E) by Mr. Abdul Wafi bin Minhat and Mr. Mohd Syahidatul Naim bin Parmin, at 7.59 pm.
      Machap, Air Hitam, Johor (01 55' N , 103 11' E) by Mr. Buang bin Atan, Mr. Hadzlan bin Abd Aziz, Mr. Mohd Hazwan bin Mohd Hamidi, Mr. Rosman bin Abdul Rani, at 7.51 pm.
      Pontian Kechil Beach, Pontian, Johor (01 29' N , 103 23' E) by Mr. Mohd Fahmi bin Zakaria and Mr. Nik Mohd Ridzuan bin Nik Shaharuddin, at 7.58 pm until 8.05 pm.
      Bangi, Kuala Selangor, Selangor (03 20' N , 101 15' E) by Mr. Muhammad Saif bin Sadali and his wife, Mrs. Faizah bt Hj. Mohamad, at 7.50 pm.
      So, tomorrow, May 12, 2013 (Sunday) is the 1st Rajab 1434 H. However, our goverment have decided that tomorrow is 2nd Rajab 1434 H

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: I spotted the crescent for Rajab on Saturday, May 11th in Ta'if, Saudi Arabia. Luqmaan Williams

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: On the evening of Saturday 11th May 2013, the Hilaal was sighted in South Africa. The 1st Rajab 1434 corresponds to Sunday, 12th May 2013.

    2. Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Rajab 1434 Hilaal was sighted per naked-eye in Cape Town this Saturday evening (11/5/2013). The first day of Rajab in Southern Africa will correspond with Sunday, 12 May 2013.11.05.

    3. Seen: Abe Parker (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: On May 11, Saturday, the sunset in capetown was 5:56 pm. The weather was clear with a thin reddish haze on horizon of about 5 degrees. At first I could sight the moon with binoculars only then at about 6:12 pm I sighted it with naked eyes at almost 10 degrees north of sunset azimuth and about 10 degrees above horozon. My wife layla also saw it. The crescent was was a thin slither left hand curved about 6 to 10 on the clock dial.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, May 11, 2013), the crescent moon of Rajab was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37 15' 40" N, Lng: 80 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). The western horizon was partly cloudy. I arrived at my sighting location at 8:13 pm EDT (sunset: 8:20 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), first, I sighted Venus at 8:17 pm followed by a naked eye sighting. At 8:21 pm, I sighted the crescent through the binoculars and immediately after by the naked eye. The horns were at 3:00 and 7:00 O'clock (3:00;5:00;7:00). To take the pictures, I had to go to another location since the moon disappeared behind clouds. I left the location prior to moonset (moonset: 9:58 pm). At 8:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 60.8 F, 60.8 F, 100%, and 29.89 in, respectively. Yesterday, no sighting was attempted since the sky was completely cloudy..

    2. Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Fremont CA reported: After praying Maghrib at home, I then spent about 10 minutes looking for the new moon. The horizon was hazy with clouds. I did not see the new moon at first. Just as I was about to give up the search, the clouds apparently moved just enough to spot it. Perhaps I was not looking high enough, but, humdulillah, there it was, the new moon.

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